GreenPower Motor Company Inc. announced the official launch and formal unveiling of the BEAST, a purpose built, all-electric, zero-emissions school bus.
The BEAST (Battery Electric Automotive School Transportation), an all-electric 40-ft. Type D battery electric school bus, delivers a range of up to 150 miles on a single charge via a 194kWh battery pack. The bus can seat up to 90 passengers with standard features that include: air ride suspension, ABS disk brakes and pass-through storage. Its seamlessly integrated body and chassis design forms a composite structure which is the GreenPower Motor Company Truss(T) factor, the company says.
Safety is at the forefront of every vehicle GreenPower puts on the road, and the BEAST is no exception. What’s more, GreenPower’s innovative technology can drive down fuel costs and minimize maintenance costs while delivering outstanding reliability and efficiency. GreenPower says its school buses offer a significant increase in strength and battery weight distribution because of its unique structurally superior integrated purpose-built design.
“The launch of the BEAST marks a significant milestone not only for GreenPower but for the industry,” says Brendan Riley, GreenPower president. “GreenPower remains committed to providing innovative, technology forward, purpose-built vehicles, and our new BEAST vehicle is no exception. The youth of today are the future of our tomorrow, which is why we are humbly proud to bring such a world class offering to the market.”
GreenPower will begin initial deliveries to customers under existing contracts in the coming weeks and anticipates that the pace of these deliveries will increase significantly by the end of the year.
“The accelerated adoption of zero-emission school buses means a healthier and more sustainable environment for our children and communities. We are confident that the BEAST will drive the future of the all-electric school bus paradigm shift while providing parents the peace-of-mind knowing their children are safe and protected from diesel emissions and harmful noise pollution,” says GreenPower CEO Fraser Atkinson. “The BEAST will provide school districts with dramatic fuel cost savings, reduced operational costs and material progress towards reducing their carbon footprint.”
In anticipation of the growth in demand from President Biden’s Federal Infrastructure Plan, GreenPower increased its school bus production from five units per month to 10 units per month at the beginning of the year and expects to increase production rates over time as interest in zero-emission all-electric school buses accelerates rapidly throughout the country, according to an announcement.